By The Numbers

Here’s an interesting angle: using Benford’s Law to spot falsified data in academic papers.

One Comment

  1. Bill says

    I read several years ago that this was being used in accounting audits, that falsified numbers are found this way. I know that when I used to make up test data, I had a tendency to use numbers that were too much alike. Interesting that this is being applied to scientific publications. It is possible that the precision can be improved if they were to use third and fourth digits for comparison. Auditors use all digits.

    Posted June 30, 2017 at 9:51 am | Permalink